Wednesday, December 31, 2008
This is a photo of our Christmas Card display along the stairs. We have cards on both sides of the railing. The kids love to stop and look at them.
Here is a freebie for the first day of 2009 http://www.chick-fil-a.com/breakfast/ Free Chick-Fil-A chicken biscuit coupon on your next visit when you purchase something on January 1st. Enjoy!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
What I find is lower cal and fresher ingredients are more expensive at the grocery store but not more expensive at your locals farmers market.
If you have a local farmers market take a look around and visit and make part of your weekly shopping routine for your fresh veggies (if cheaper).
I need your help fellow frugal readers, I am looking for great low fat recipes and tips that help you stay fit. Any great products you think work great?
Monday, December 29, 2008
Our menu this week has a lot of Italian food. Next week I think some Tex-Mex is in order. I checked out a new cookbook from the library I will be sharing these great recipes.
Monday: Light Ck Alfredo with garlic bread I use all light ingredients the best I've had!
Tuesday: (Light Lean Ground Beef)Marvelous Mini Meat loafs from Trina at Fabulously Frugalicious (2nd time to use this recipe we loved it, mashed potatoes and green beans
Wednesday: Out for New Years. Posh Josh (my husbands new bloggy nickname) and I have a date night and a movie
Thursday: Frozen Stouffers Lasagna, Salad and hot dog bun rolls (got on sale for $4) easy cooking!
Friday: Regular Friday Make Your Own Pizza and movie night. I love cheese and jalapeno pizza!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I found some great coupons for 2 weekly staples goldfish and garlic bread! Check it out!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
- Close your drapes or blinds, sounds easy and it really works!
- Closing your interior doors doesn't help your heating it actually makes it work harder (found this from a heating and air conditioning co.)
- If all else fails cuddle up in a blanket on the couch and read a book :)
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Here are some tips:
- Borrow and swap an outfit with a friend
- Check out Ross and TJ Maxx for some great tops, wear with the always in style classic black pants
- Accessories can spice up a blah outfit, find a great necklace
Monday, December 15, 2008
Monday - Spaghetti and Meatballs (I use prego marinaria)
Tuesday- Out (holiday party)
Wednesday - Brisket (Sadlers Brand) from Wal-mart it is great!, French Fries (mom baked potato)
Thursday- Out (another holiday dinner)
Friday- Make your own pizza Friday and movie night
Friday, December 12, 2008
Vista Print is offering lots of freebies!
Arlington, TX Readers: You can bring your own camera for photos with Santa at the Parks at Arlington Mall. Great FREEBIE normally you can't get a photo for less than $15!
Free floor cleaner sample
Free Children's Christmas DVD
Kotex Lightdays Thin Pad Sample
Thursday, December 11, 2008
We tried the chicken Alfredo this week for the first time. It was the best Alfredo ever, plus it is lower fat. Here is the recipe http://www.kraftfoods.com/kf/recipes/fettuccine-alfredo-chicken-111228.aspx . I get a lot of recipes from www.kraftfoods.com sign up for their free food & family magazine with tons of recipes.
This is one of my easy favorites my my mom.
Nana’s Taco Soup –Jennifer Rudd
What you need:
1 pound of ground beef cooked and drained
1 can of black beans (drained)
1 can of pinto beans (drained)
1 can of red kidney beans (drained)
1 can of mexicorn (drained)
1 powder packet of ranch dressing mix
1 packet of taco seasoning mix
1 can of rotel
2 cans of diced tomatoes
2 cups of water
I blend the tomatoes and rotel in the blender I don’t like chunky tomatoes.
Put all this in a crock pot and cook on low for 3 hours and 1 hour high. Top with shredded cheese. We eat with nacho chips.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
My kids and husband love drinking bottled water when we are on the go. Any time we head for the mommy van they have to grab water out of the fridge. Stop wasting money on bottled water every week. After they finish wash in the dishwasher fill back up with new (tap) water or (filtered) water and put in the fridge. These bottles will last a couple months or so before you need new ones. It saves a little money and they can still grab them on the go. When the bottles are ready for the trash remember to recycle!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
- Each friend bakes 1/2 dozen sweets per person attending. If you have 10 people attending you need 5 dozen.
- Wrap them up is 1/2 dozen to share, I love decorating cute little bags.
- At the exchange bring a box or large bag and bring home your goodies!
- We set some out in the cake stand and freeze the rest to pull out slowly over the next couple weeks.
Here are the cake balls I made. Not exactly perfectly round like the one's that bakerella makes.
Here are the some of the ladies in our neighborhood for our neighborhood Christmas sweets exchange. Carri and Kelly did a great job hosting this year. We had crafts and each of the sweets were laid out in different areas of her house. Great time!
My six to bring to the party. I got these cute little baskets for 50 cents. I put the cake balls in a plastic bag and tied curlies around the top.
Monday, December 8, 2008
This week we seem to have lots of Italian food. I am in that kind of mood the weather is changing to cold so we need some yummy comfort food!
Monday- Crock pot chicken and Alfredo
Tuesday- Taco Soup
Wednesday- Left over taco soup
Thursday- Spaghetti and Meatballs
Friday- Make your own Pizza
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Suprise a Saturday post! I found this yesterday and had to share. I entered and won a free HUGE container of salsa 4 lbs of this yummy stuff to be exact.
I printed the coupon and headed to the store, my favorite food is chips and salsa! I'm from Texas ya'll!
Here is how you enter. Go to http://www.pacefoods.com/UnderTheLid.aspx , First time player register then click on get the code under the login. Then twist and see if you win. You can do this everyday. I tried today and my code not a winner but I will keep on trying. Salsa is like liquid gold at our house!!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Free Cookie Cutter
Glad Force Flex Trash Bags, LOVE THESE!http://instoresnow.walmart.com/enhancedrendercontent_ektid56034.aspx
Huggies Good Nights http://instoresnow.walmart.com/enhancedrendercontent_ektid60094.aspx
Geo Trax DVD FREEhttps://store.mattel.com/transition.aspx?TransitionID=139
Free Potty Training Kit http://www.pampers.com/en_US/easy-ups-potty-training
This is for the Dallas/ Ft. Worth Readers
FREE EXHIBIT ADMISSION 3-7 p.m., December 26Hereʼs a real holiday treat: enjoy free exhibit admission to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame during Free Family Friday, 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, December 26. Bring the entire family to the National Cowgirl Museum and enjoy the Cowgirl experience plus the Museum of Science and History's Hands On Studio, and the new Top Secret: Mission Toy, all for free. (Free Family Friday does not include free admission to the OmniTheater.)
Thursday, December 4, 2008
- I love to eat chips and salsa, all the time!
- I have a business where I do custom painting.
- I am adopted.
- I still love the New Kids on the Block after all these years. (See my family blog for concert photos)
- Secretly I always wanted to be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.
- I ALWAYS have a candle burning in my house it relaxes me. I love the vanilla and cake smells.
Now I award these 6 blogs the Kreativ Blogger Award.
- My best friend Adrien apmDesign , she brought me back to my painting!
- Alicia at Carolina Sunshine Designs - purses and painting
- Hollie at Drama Mama - Blog Makeovers
- Jenny at Bella Bows - beautiful bows
- Ashlee at Milla's World - check out her cake pops!
- Trina at Fabulously Frugalistic - frugal girl like me and she makes some creative things
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Pringles Cans- clean them out and cover with wrapping paper, fill with homemade cookies. What a great gift!
Glass jars- I am saving our glass jars for homemade salsa. You can also use them for homemade hot chocolate for Christmas gifts. I will be posting my mom's secret recipe soon.
Old Christmas Cards- Don't throw away your Christmas cards after the holiday is over. Cut strips of the design and reuse next year as holiday gift tags.
Old Evening Gowns and costume jewelry- put in a box for your kids, friends kids or grandchildren. Kids love to play dress up. If the dresses are really long cut them shorter for kid length and use the extra fabric as a wrap.
Brown Paper Grocery Bags- opt for paper and save the paper bags, get the paints out and let your kids decorate the paper with red and green paint then wrap presents.
White Elephant Gift Exchange- at least one holiday party partakes in this annual tradition. Find something you don't use that others might enjoy.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Toys R Us- Lots of Items 60% off, plus free shipping over $25. Here is the link for the items on sale http://www.toysrus.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=3408677
Target: Today Sales: Leapster Learing System $28 now 40% off. Here is a link for todays best deals http://www.target.com/Deals-Day/b/ref=sc_fe_l_2/178-3936396-6020322?ie=UTF8&node=725415011
JCPenney's - Free shipping after spending $25 Use code TURKEYEX only today!
Kohls.com - Spend $100, get 15% off entire order plus free shipping, code CYBER15
New York & Company- Get 30% off your online purchase Code 1477
VistaPrint- Holiday cards 50% off
Barnes & Noble- 15% off one item http://www.barnesandnoble.com/cdsii/cdsPageTransfer.asp?r=1&uid=379000463&key=affiliate%2Dcoupon&afsrc=1
Home Depot- Some great deals, light fixtures 50% off! http://www6.homedepot.com/holiday/savingsevent/index.html?&PID=1763476&cm_mmc=CJ%2d%5f%2d1609503%2d%5f%2d1763476%2d%5f%2dCoupon%5fCM5off50+&SID=200004738d174c4869001a0022&AID=10608204&cj=true